In the past few days, I have been reminded of something which I learned 6 years ago.
Steve Job’s 2005 commencement address at Stanford University has been getting a lot of airplay these past few days. When he made that speech 6 years ago, one part of it in particular resonated with me:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
(to view the commencement address in full, click here: Steve Jobs Stanford commencement address)
June 2005 was when I chucked in the day-job and went full-time into pet-sitting. Back then, a lot of people whom I told were aghast – give up the ‘proper’ job and spend my days picking up cat poop? Horrors! (Who am I kidding, people still react that way today – “You were a lawyer? And now you walk dogs? What a waste!”)
You know what, though – Steve Jobs was right. If you know that something is the right thing for you to do, then you have to do it. Everything else – people’s opinions, loss of ‘prestige’, serious shrinkage of the paycheck (my hourly charge-out rate is less than 10% of what it would have been had I stayed in practice, ouch), all those other considerations – secondary.
The joy that I get from my job now is something that cannot be quantified. I make my living being myself: a crazy cat lady! I spend my days doing what I love to do, and what I know I am good at. I am constantly learning new skills, and providing better and better care for the animals whom I am looking after. There is a lot of satisfaction to be had from that.
And how many people do you know who wake up on a Monday morning and say, “I can’t wait to get to work and see my clients”?
Here’s a little something I’ve put together, to help everyone get into a happy mood for the weekend – click on the link below for an album of lickety moggies and doggies:
I hope you have a great weekend, filled with fun and furry friends
See you guys next week!
Look at the difference some good framing and positioning can do! This is the work of Teresa Berg, a professional pet photographer who volunteers to take ‘glamour shots’ of shelter dogs, to help find them homes.
According to Jezebel.com,
“Teresa … believes that thousands of dogs are euthanized every year simply because the photos posted on adoption sites show them in a cage, looking like they’re thinking about biting your three-year-old. Several years ago, she started volunteering to retake dogs’ photos for a dachshund rescue group, and now she encourages other professional photographers to donate their services and teaches shelter employees to take more appealing pet photos.”
Since then, interest in the group’s adoptables has gone up manyfold, and adoption rates have increased by leaps and bounds!
I’m sure our local shelters and foster-care groups could benefit from good pet photography as well.
So, all you photography buffs out there (you know who you are!): Why don’t you get in touch with a rescue organisation, and see if they could use a hand? You get to practice your photography skills, and do a good deed at the same time! What’s not to like?
Look who Oliver the Beagle and I met on our walkies: a macaque! In the middle of a densely-populated residential estate, no less. He was pacing along the boundary wall of a house, but stopped to give us an impressive dental display as we were passing him!
Oliver (motto: “I’m a lover, not a fighter”) decided that discretion was the better part of valour, and pretended that he hadn’t heard the hissing …
Lord knows I love all animals, but Mr Fangs did give me a bit of a chill. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t been using Colgate on those impressive choppers, so the bacteria from a bite would have been rather unpleasant (necrotising fasciitis, anyone?).
Can’t help but feel a bit sorry for him, though. It’s not his fault that he found himself stuck in a built-up area, confronted with curious human and incurious dog – his type was living in Singapore a long time before any of our ancestors stepped off their respective boats/junks/sampans and started converting his jungle home into multi-storey apartment buildings.
To your average macaque, it’s us humans who are the newly-arrived ‘foreign talent’ barging into his territory, elbowing him out of his own residential turf, taking up all his recreational space, making life too crowded and uncomfortable for him. There isn’t room for him in his own country anymore. Bet he thinks life in Singapore would be a lot better without us around …
How time flies – I have been pet sitting for more than a decade! What started out as an enjoyable favour for friends has become a full-time career. And how many people can wake up in the morning and say, “I can’t wait to get to work and see my clients”?
Having been in this line of work this long, I’ve had (and continue to have) many opportunities to refine my caregiving skills, and learn new ones. One of the most important skills for a pet-sitter to have is: the ability to make your moggie and doggie clients as happy as they can possibly be …
With this in mind, I have compiled a series of instructional photographs, demonstrating some techniques which I hope will enable any pet-owner to elicit the same level of bliss in their pet, as their PetBuddy does during her visit. Please do have a look at this pictorial guide, aptly entitled: Oh yeah, that’s the spot
While you’re there, do remember to “like” our Facebook page, so you will be notified of our updates and photos as we post them!
Welcome to our new website!
Thank you to our dear friend Lillian for designing the whole website, and teaching us how to use it. She has been very patient with us – it’s not easy to type with all that fur between our paw-pads, you know
We have put up some of our favourite moggie and doggie photos up in our Happy Tails Gallery, for you to enjoy and share with your friends. If you would also like us to feature your furry friend in our Gallery, drop us an email and let us know – you can send us your favourite picture, or your PetBuddy can help you take a photo during our next session with your kit or pup.
As you can see, we get right down on the ground to get the perfect shot of your pet (wouldn’t want any accidental bad angles causing double-chins, now would we?). Just goes to show how far we are willing to go to provide the best possible service for your furry friends!
And – as promised – here is a video of the very adorable Maru the Cat doing some box-diving